If you are reading this, it probably means you officially accepted and committed to you future college, so congratulations! It's such a fun and exciting time to see your hard work from high school pay off. College is a huge turning point and milestone for many people, so definitely get excited! However, there are a few steps that you need to be sure to complete after you commit. I personally wasn't aware of some of these things until they came up, so this will be a nice heads up for you as to what to expect next! Also, if you don't feel like reading, check out my YouTube video here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEoxax__PhY , where I talk about some of these same tips!
Thank teachers, friends, and parents
These are the people who helped you get to college, so be sure to take time to thank them. Your parents probably helped you with applications, paying fees, and raised you for your entire life so far. Teachers wrote letters of recommendations for you and also taught you what you need to know for college. Your friends were there for support and fun memories. Have a fun little announcement party and take time to thank all of these people in your life!
Find your orientation and class registration dates
This one is huge. The last thing you want to do is miss the deadline for orientation or class sign ups. If you do, this means you probably won't get to experience your big learning experience before you officially start college and you may not get the classes you need or want for your first semester. Information about orientation and class registration should be shared with you after you commit to your college, so be on the look out in the mail or your email. Often, class registration and orientation happen at the same time, so do not miss this deadline to register!
Keep applying for scholarships
A mistake most people make after committing to a college is that they stop applying for scholarships. Don't do this! Many colleges still have scholarships you can apply to (and that even become available for the first time) after you commit to the college. Even if the college doesn't have any scholarships, there are thousands of outside scholarships you can still be applying to. College isn't cheap, so make sure you still stay diligent in your scholarship applications even after acceptance.
Start learning your college website and portals
Take some time to familiarize yourself with your new college website and student portals. College websites have so many resources, links, sub-pages, and information that is available to the public and students. This can be a lot when you look at it for the first time. Try and learn your college website before you even start your college classes that way it is one less thing you have to worry about once you get there. It will be easier for you to find information you need once you know you the layout of your main campus pages.
Declare your intended major (if you haven't already)
Finally, if you didn't have to already, decide what your major is going to be. It is totally okay to go in as "Undecided" as it can be very difficult to determine what you want to do in high school. Many of my friends did not declare until this past summer, so it's totally okay. However, a benefit to of going into college already declared is that you can immediately start taking courses that pertain to your major and will really start getting you set for graduation. So, really take some time to think about what career you can see yourself having and try and narrow down what you want your major to be.
Hopefully this checklist will help you be sure that you don't miss any important "to do's" from your post-acceptance list. Getting ready for college is an extremely fun time, but you want to be sure that you aren't missing any steps along the way!